Marie Dupuis-Courtes elected President of Rouen Seine Normande 2028

Marie Dupuis-Courtes (photo AA/MRN)

Having already been an active supporter of the Rouen Seine Normande 2028 bid to become a European Capital of Culture, Marie Dupuis-Courtes has now been elected president of the organisation.

At the organisation’s regular general meeting on June 23, 2022, the members of the “Rouen-Normandie 2028 – European Capital of Culture” board of directors elected a new president: Marie Dupuis-Courtes. The organisation is preparing and putting forward the bid for Rouen Seine Normande 2028 to be named a European Capital of Culture.

Since 2007, Marie Dupuis-Courtes has managed a building company (roofing, framework, masonry, insulation, lining) in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, a family business that will soon celebrate its 40th anniversary.

Ms Dupuis-Courtes’ company is recognised as an Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant (EPV, a “Living Heritage Company”) by France’s Ministry of the Economy. The company has also earned QUALIBAT qualifications for performing roofing work on buildings that are listed as national historic monuments. Past projects of this genre performed by her firm include work on the roofs of the Château de Mesnières-en-Bray, the Saint-Maclou church in Rouen and, in cooperation with other roofing companies, the Aître Saint-Maclou restoration project.

On the national level, Ms Dupuis-Courtes serves on the executive committee and board of the FFB (French Building Federation), and is also vice president of the national CPME (French small and medium-sized enterprise confederation) in charge of education and training.

“I am proud and honoured to be part of this wonderful initiative that unites so many, forming a consensus that has dynamic cultural, economic and political momentum. This bid is aligned with my commitments, my passions and my convictions. This project is progressive and the challenges we will face in the weeks and months to come are crucial. We are now in the drafting phase for the bidbook – the application dossier – and we must garner the backing of the region’s influential figures and general public. Their support for the bid is essential,” says Ms Dupuis-Courtes.

Marie Dupuis-Courtes succeeds Daniel Havis, who chaired the board of directors and served as the organisation’s president since its incorporation. All members of Rouen-Normandie 2028 – European Capital of Culture express their warmest thanks to Mr Havis for his unfailing commitment and ceaseless devotion to the Rouen Seine Normande 2028 project. Mr Havis remains a member of the board of directors.